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Municipal Auditorium (AL) - May 13, 1973

  • Rock and Roll, Celebration Day, (Bring It On Home intro) Black Dog, Over the Hills and Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Dazed and Confused (incl. San Francisco), Stairway to Heaven, Moby Dick, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love (incl. Let That Boy Boogie).
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on September 22, 2007 - 3:38pm
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Average: 4.8 (89 votes)
May 13, 1973
Mobile
AL
United States
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Setlist: 

Rock and Roll, Celebration Day, (Bring It On Home intro) Black Dog, Over the Hills and Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Dazed and Confused (incl. San Francisco), Stairway to Heaven, Moby Dick, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love (incl. Let That Boy Boogie).

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Press Review: Led Zeppelin Concert Too Heavy For Three Hours

One thing you can say about England’s Led Zeppelin… they definitely give an audience its money’s worth. The band’s concert at the Municipal Auditorium Sunday night drew a crowd of Rolling Stones proportions – eleven thousand or more people, requiring heavy security.

Well, the Zep came on at six p.m. and played straight through with nary a break for three hours or so. This reviewer left half an hour early due to extreme sonic indigestion… the band just isn’t inventive enough or varied enough, to warrant three hours.

Zeppelin has been exploiting the same tired musical concepts for four or five years, venturing gingerly now and then into acoustic material, but it always ends with crashing cymbals and hot lead guitar.

So-called “heavy” music is, hopefully, a dying animal – by nature, it’s a limited field. Led Zeppelin is one of the last of that breed. And strangely enough, the band is more popular than ever.

The first ninety minutes of Zep’s show were, um, dull. They hit a peak with Stairway to Heaven, a reasonably complex, very lovely piece. Zep received a well-deserved round of applause.

Then the band went into the drummer’s showcase number, Moby Dick. There is no excuse in a civilized society for rock and roll drum solos… invariably they are dull, gratuitous and more than a little silly.

Still, Robert Plant is a fine vocalist, and the rest of the band is more than competent. Lighting was fantastix – excellent staging in all aspects. The show as at the very least, nice to look at. [–L.Moore / Mobile Register, May 1973]

Notes: 

Press Review: Led Zeppelin Concert Too Heavy For Three Hours

One thing you can say about England’s Led Zeppelin… they definitely give an audience its money’s worth. The band’s concert at the Municipal Auditorium Sunday night drew a crowd of Rolling Stones proportions – eleven thousand or more people, requiring heavy security.

Well, the Zep came on at six p.m. and played straight through with nary a break for three hours or so. This reviewer left half an hour early due to extreme sonic indigestion… the band just isn’t inventive enough or varied enough, to warrant three hours.

Zeppelin has been exploiting the same tired musical concepts for four or five years, venturing gingerly now and then into acoustic material, but it always ends with crashing cymbals and hot lead guitar.

So-called “heavy” music is, hopefully, a dying animal – by nature, it’s a limited field. Led Zeppelin is one of the last of that breed. And strangely enough, the band is more popular than ever.

The first ninety minutes of Zep’s show were, um, dull. They hit a peak with Stairway to Heaven, a reasonably complex, very lovely piece. Zep received a well-deserved round of applause.

Then the band went into the drummer’s showcase number, Moby Dick. There is no excuse in a civilized society for rock and roll drum solos… invariably they are dull, gratuitous and more than a little silly.

Still, Robert Plant is a fine vocalist, and the rest of the band is more than competent. Lighting was fantastix – excellent staging in all aspects. The show as at the very least, nice to look at. [–L.Moore / Mobile Register, May 1973]

Setlists: 

Rock and Roll, Celebration Day, (Bring It On Home intro) Black Dog, Over the Hills and Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Dazed and Confused (incl. San Francisco), Stairway to Heaven, Moby Dick, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love (incl. Let That Boy Boogie).

Comments

Rex Knight's picture

I was there and it was a fantastic show- there is a live recording to show how good it was. I got my ticket on the phone, but by time to leave it had not come in the mail yet, I was just sooo bummed out that I wasn't gonna get to see them, I told my friends that I was going with to just go on, I was soo bummed, then my Mom said why don't you call Mobile,and I did and they were holdin' my ticket ! but now I was freaked because I told my friends to go on,,and just about that time,I heard the car horn outside, they had came to get me anyway ! good friends ! we had a great time, will never forget it ! wish I could have found a poster from this show ! a couple years later I met a guy that had some fantastic photos from this show, I got fours shots of Jimmy and one of Robert, was gonna get more and then lost contact with him. Wish I could find him again,they were some of the best photos I'd seen of zeppelin ever...

Jimmy Rich's picture

Some of my friends were part of the 56K in Tampa prior to Mobile....but I didn't get to go. But I will be always grateful that it was the Mobile concert that I did attend. It was a small venue for them which made it up close.....and I was at the stage edge down front too. I could see Jimmy's sweat run across the front of his Gibson. I wish Robert knew that he even made a comment to one of the guys I was there with during the show. If you listen to the "bootleg Goin Mobile".....you'll here Plant say..."he must be some kind of nut".....he was referring to one my crew that was having too good of time I guess. Like the other comment from the guy from Biloxi....I well remember that they purposely dimmed the lights for about the last hour(from 5 till 6) and it was almost totally darrk in the auditorium except the exit lights when it was showtime. When John Bonham started it off and then every stage light came on when Page came in....it almost cut me like a knife.....won't ever forget it. I lost my ticket stub somehow to this show...but I still have the full ticket to what would have been my second time and probably the the "largest" show......the cancelled show at the Superdome July 30, 1977. I basically have a room in my home dedicated to them....if there's a fan that loves them more than me.....I'd like to meet them......

Shawn's picture

What can I say other then it was an awesome experiance and I still cherish the memory.

Larry Davis's picture

I was there! Best concert I have ever seen!

Robby A.'s picture

Audrey C., Billy C. and I believe the red haired guys name was Don drove to Mobile in my green 65 VW from Gulfport. We got there kinda early but there was already a crowd around the front doors. The crowd grew and started pressing the people up front against the glass doors. One guy put his feet against the glass to push back against the crowd and he broke through. That's when the cops started beating the crowd back and ended up roping our group off. When the doors opened we just threw our tickets at the people taking them and ran into the coleseum. It was like ants running across the floor toward the stage. We got right down front on the right side of the stage facing it. There was no intro, LZ just came out and played the best music I have ever heard. During Bonhams long drum solo a drum stick slipped out of his hand and Billy caught it. Great times! You can hear Robby called out three times on the bootleg. I've wonderd if that was Don trying to get back up front with us after he left for a few minutes to go with Audrey nearly 40 years ago.

Al C's picture

Was at this concert and was probably my favorite of all I have been to.
A lot of great bands went through mobile in the early 70's but ZEplin was probably the best.
I remember bitchin because the tickets were like 18 dollars and we thought that was outragrageous.
I remember it was open seating and we were on the floor.
By the time the concert had been going about 30 minutes we had wormed our way up to the 4th row stage left.
Speakers were huge,sound was unbelievable and we were deaf for two days after the show.
The band was tight that night and most of the songs sounded like the albums.
During STAIRWAY when the rythym changes at the lyric "and as we wind on down the road" strobes and fire cmae off the stage and about the first ten rows fell of their chairs backward as we were all standing up.
Great memories of fantastic band and a night with friends. Some of those friends have taken the stairway.

Name's picture

From the total darkness of the colesium to the explosion of light and sound that began with "Rock and Roll" to the ending with Whole Lotta Love this was the best show I had and have ever seen. I thought Zep was great before and was certain afterwards. I was stationed at Keesler AFB in Biloxi, Miss. and this was my best day in the Air Force. They still sound great. Can't get my XM off of channel 59. Rock on.

Argenteum Astrum's picture

This show is spectacular. The band is in top form and deliver one of the best from this tour. Jimmy's playing is incredibly fluent and great, especially on Misty Mountain Hop leading to Since I've Been Loving You. Over The Hills And Far Away has few very unusual and exciting guitar passages by Mr. Pagey. Dazed And Confused is beyond description, and the whole show is timeless. "Malacum Salaam! - It's a bit of Indian." says Robert at one point.

Jeff's picture

Just wanted to say that I'm sure it was, at least, the best Sunday you have ever had. I was to young to go, well that's what mom said anyway. My cousin Ross was able to make it, when I asked him how it was he wouldn't say anything about it, he would just look up to the sky. The next time I saw him I asked again and he said "Heavenly" with his arms open and his head back looking at the sky, "you should have been there, HA HA!"

Robert Suth's picture

Sounds like sour grapes to me.

This has always been one of my favorite shows since picking it up in the mid-90's.

The playing is as tight as it can get. Phenomenal show.

Hazel Smith's picture

We were at this concert and have Never forgotten it.  What an experience!

GRC's picture

Was at this concert and it is my favorite of many groups I have seen. The bands timing and sound were on the money. This was when stadium seating was still allowed in Mobile. Started off with seats about midway back on the floor. Wormed and weaseled to fourth row stage left. Speaker towers seemed to go to the ceiling. Was deaf for about 3 days. 

Mark Robinson's picture

I was there...Box seats stage left, end of stage. I could see both the stage front and back stage. The stage was double high to keep fan off it. There was cops all across the stage front. Robert later told the crowd "These cops were there by their personal invitation and to listen and respect them". I was impressed.

To start the concert.. all was black, a voice came out of the darkness, stated that he was the manager of LZ, and said " You may have noticed that no warm up band or comedian was on the bill. That's because LZ believes when you go to see LZ that's who you should see. So ladies and gentalmen...... I give you LED ZEPPELIN !!! "  

Out of the darkness, the red stand by lights on the amps begain to pop on one by one, the lights came up, and there they were, then we were off to the best concert Mobile, Al had ever seen before or to this day.

They played non stop from 8:00 to almost 1:00. Well, they did take breaks by letting each one do a solo and the others would leave and go back stage. I was able to watch them back stage "relaxing" for a while.

My best memory? On "Stairway" a huge mirrored ball was lowered to just above the crowd on the floor. All spot lights turned purple and were aimed at the ball. On the stage the fog machine was cranking out so much fog it covered the whole floor. Every now and then a head would pop up out of it as the people tried to see the stage. Looked weird. The sound......the best music ever.   

2nd best? When John Bonham did a 20 min (?) drum solo. Unforgetable!!!

I have seen MANY "big name" concerts over the many years that have passed. BUT NONE have come even close to that night.

I was fortunate to see "Page And Plant" in Pensacola, Fl several years ago. It was GREAT! but not the same.

I wanted to go to London to see "Celebration Day" live. But tickets were impossiable to get. So I have to settle for the DVD. It was like a trip back in time. Jason Bonham was fantastic, just like his dad. I thought they might start a Celebration tour in the states so I could see them one more time again.

But.......not to be. One can still hope.

Lee Meadows's picture

Best concert I ever saw! Communications Breakdown was an awesome encore.

 

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